Time Warner Cable’s “Enjoy HBO Better” with TRUE BLOOD VIP Comic-Con Sweepstakes

Time Warner Cable is bringing its customers closer to the HBO shows they love with the launch of the “Enjoy HBO Better Sweepstakes,” beginning today. Coinciding with the season 5 kickoff of HBO’s critically-acclaimed vampire series, True Blood®, Time Warner Cable and HBO have teamed up to give Time Warner Cable’s Facebook fans a chance to win a VIP trip to Comic-Con 2012, where the Grand Prize winner and a guest will be given all-access passes to the event, including VIP access to panels for True Blood and Game of Thrones®.

The Grand Prize winner will receive a six-day, five-night trip for two to attend Comic-Con 2012 in San Diego, CA, from July 11- 16, which includes air transportation and accommodations. In addition to all-access tickets to the convention, the Grand Prize winner will receive reserved VIP seating at HBO’s True Blood and Game of Thrones panels, $1,000 in spending money, a Tablet PC and an HBO True Blood Prize Pack. The total Approximate Retail Value of the Grand Prize is $7,210 depending on the winner’s residence.

Three First Prize winners will each receive a Tablet PC and an HBO True Blood Prize Pack. The ARV of each First Prize is $660. Five Second Prize winners will each receive an HBO True Blood Prize Pack. The ARV of each Second Prize is $160.

Entrants must reside in a Time Warner Cable service area and be a fan of the Time Warner Cable or Mi Cultura Facebook pages in order to complete and submit the online registration form by June 24, 2012. The Sweepstakes winners will be selected in a random drawing on or about June 25, 2012.

The sweepstakes is part of a broader six-month Enjoy HBO Better advertising campaign that will include social media content related to Strike Back, Boardwalk Empire and other HBO shows. Customers can also “Enjoy HBO Better” by calling Time Warner Cable today to take advantage of great offers on HBO and Cinemax, just in time to catch the newest season of True Blood.

For the official rules and complete details, visit facebook.com/twc or facebook.com/micultura.

No Purchase Necessary. Void where prohibited. The Enjoy HBO Better Sweepstakes presented by Time Warner Cable is open to legal U.S. residents who reside in a serviceable area of Time Warner Cable and those living in the same household in the following states/areas: AL, AZ, CA, CO (only in Gunnison), GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, ME, MA, MI, MO, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, OH, PA, SC, TX, VA, WA, WV, or WI, and 18 years of age or older. Starts 10:01 a.m. ET 6/10/12 & ends 11:59 p.m. ET 6/24/12. Sponsored by Time Warner Cable Inc.

To receive all services, Digital TV, remote and lease of a digital set-top box are required. Some services are not available to CableCARD™ customers. Not all equipment supports all services. All services may not be available in all areas. Subject to change without notice. Some restrictions apply.

via Time Warner Cable Press Release

Charlaine Harris will be the Spotlight Guest at Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) 2012 Among Other Featured Guests

#1 Bestselling Novelist Provides Literary Luster at Annual Pop Culture Event

Charlaine Harris, the #1 New York Times bestselling author best known for her Southern Vampire Mysteries featuring Sookie Stackhouse, will be a Spotlight Guest at this year’s Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2).  Ms. Harris’s enormously popular series is also the basis of True Blood, the HBO series produced by Alan Ball (Six Feet Under) and starring Golden Globe winner Anna Paquin in the role of Sookie.  Providing literary luster at a convention that is brimming with artists, creators and other talent from all segments of the pop culture universe, Ms. Harris will be joined by other Featured Guest writers appearing at C2E2 including: Rachel Caine, Christina Henry, Mari Mancusi, Chloe Neill, and Veronica Wolff.  All of these authors, including Charlaine Harris, will be participating in panels and will do a signing at C2E2 where they will meet and greet thousands of fans.

C2E2 will take place April 13 – 15, 2012 in the North Building at the McCormick Place Convention Center.  For further information about guests and activities at C2E2 as well as purchasing tickets, please visit www.C2E2.com.

“Charlaine Harris and all these literary guests are a fantastic addition to our developing list of major talent who will be appearing at C2E2,” notes Lance Fensterman, Group Vice President for ReedPOP and Show Manager for C2E2.  “Their participation is further evidence that the pop culture world cuts across all entertainment boundaries and includes artists from every walk of life.  I know these writers will be well-received at our show and will find legions of fans anxious to hear them speak and meet them in person.”

ABOUT SPOTLIGHT GUEST CHARLAINE HARRIS
#1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris has been a published novelist for thirty years. Charlaine began writing mystery series—the Aurora Teagarden series and the much darker Lily Bard series—but then went on to write Dead Until Dark which broke genre boundaries to appeal to a wide audience of people who just enjoy a good adventure. Each subsequent book about Sookie Stackhouse, telepathic barmaid and friend to vampires, werewolves, and various other odd creatures, has drawn more readers.The Southern Vampire books are published in twenty languages. They are also the basis of True Blood, the HBO series produced by Alan Ball (Six Feet Under) and starring Golden Globe winner Anna Paquin in the role of Sookie.  Charlaine also writes the Harper Connelly series.

ABOUT LITERARY FEATURED GUESTS:

RACHEL CAINE is The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Morganville Vampires, Weather Warden, and Outcast Seasonnovels, among many others. She grew up in the badlands outside of El Paso, Texas. General Sheridan famously said, “If I owned Texas and Hell, I would rent out Texas and live in Hell.” Rachel’s trying her best, with the Morganville series, to prove him right. (But still, she does lives in Fort Worth, Texas. Not Hell.)

CHRISTINA HENRY is the author of the Black Wings series and enjoys running long distances, reading anything she can get her hands on and watching movies with subtitles in her spare time. Henry used to work in a comic book store and as a result, has boxes of bagged and boarded comics in her attic.  She lives in Chicago with her husband and son, and can be found on the web at www.christinahenry.net.

MARI MANCUSI used to wish she could become a vampire back in high school. But she ended up in another blood sucking profession—journalism—instead. Today she writes books for teens and adults. When not writing about creatures of the night, Mari enjoys traveling, cooking, goth clubbing, watching cheesy horror movies, and her favorite guilty pleasure—videogames. A graduate of Boston University and a two time Emmy Award winner, she lives in Austin, Texas with her husband Jacob, daughter Avalon and dog Mesquite. You can find Mari online at www.bloodcovenvampires.com.

CHLOE NEILL was born and raised in the South, but now makes her home in the Midwest. Chloe is the author of the fan-favorite and The New York Times bestselling Chicagoland Vampires series. She watches entirely too much television, roots for her favorite college football team, and believes, however unlikely, that she’ll one day finish a half-marathon. You can learn about Chloe Neill and Chicago’s vampires at www.chloeneill.com.

VERONICA WOLFF, once an aspiring art historian, is an award-winning, bestselling author with a soft spot for kilts and vampires. Known for her Scottish historical romances, she now writes a young adult series called The Watchers as well as an adult contemporary romance series called Sierra Falls. She has lived everywhere from Texas, to Hawaii, to India, finally settling in Northern California where she lives with her husband, two kids, and a houseful of pets.  Her unmarketable skills include snowboarding, speaking Hindi, gardening, and knowing an alarming amount of pop-culture trivia.

ABOUT REEDPOP
ReedPOP is a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions which is exclusively devoted to organizing events, launching and acquiring new shows, and partnering with premium brands in the pop culture arena.  ReedPOP is dedicated to producing celebrations of popular culture throughout the world that transcend ordinary events by providing unique access and dynamic personal experiences for consumers and fans. The ReedPOP portfolio includes: New York Comic Con (NYCC), Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) East & West, Star Wars Celebration VI, Fantasy Football Fest, and UFC Fan Expo.  The staff at ReedPOP is a fan based group of professionals producing shows for other fans, thus making them uniquely qualified to service those with whom they share a common passion.  ReedPOP is focused on bringing its expertise and knowledge to world communities in North America, South America, Asia and Europe.
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via C2E2 Press Release

Warner Bros. To Follow Comic-Con Autograph Ticket System

Comic-Con and Warner Bros. Entertainment are announcing today that Warner Bros. will follow the official Comic-Con International: San Diego ticket distribution system for autograph signings at this year’s event.

As in years past, all signings will be held at the Warner Bros. booth, which is #4545 on the Comic-Con show floor.  But under the long-standing Comic-Con system, Warner Bros. will distribute wristbands for signings via daily ticket drawings held at Sails Pavilion #9 inside the San Diego Convention Center.

“Safety is always our main concern with signings or events, so it is Comic-Con policy that access is regulated by a drawing for a chance to win — giving all attendees an equal opportunity to enter,” said David Glanzer, director of marketing and public relations for Comic-Con International.  “We are happy that Warner Bros. has agreed to utilize this system and thank them for once again offering such unique opportunities to our attendees this year, as well as their continued support of Comic-Con.”

Fans interested in attending signings at the Warner Bros. booth should review the schedule listed below, then plan to visit the Sails Pavilion at the time of each drawing.  All fans present at the appointed time will receive numbered tickets that feature a distinct sticker. Then a randomized drawing will determine which fans receive wristbands granting access to each autograph line.

See below for the current schedule of ticket distribution and signing start times.

WARNER BROS. BOOTH (#4545)
COMIC-CON 2011 TICKET DISTRIBUTION AND SIGNING TIMES

DISCLAIMER: Autograph session start times are subject to change.  For the most up-to-date signing information, please check for updates at the Warner Bros. Booth (#4545) or at www.thewb.com/comiccon.

Thursday, July 21

Batman: Arkham City
Ticket Distribution (Sails Pavilion #9): 9:00 a.m.
Signing (Warner Bros. Booth, #4545): 10:00 a.m.

Mortal Kombat
Ticket Distribution (Sails Pavilion #9): 10:00 a.m.
Signing (Warner Bros. Booth, #4545) 11:45 a.m.

Game of Thrones (HBO)
Ticket Distribution (Sails Pavilion): 11:00 a.m.
Signing (Warner Bros. Booth, #4545): 4:30 p.m.

Friday, July 22

The Big Bang Theory
Ticket Distribution (Sails Pavilion #9): 9:00 a.m.
Autograph Signing (Warner Bros. Booth, #4545): 11:00 a.m.

Green Lantern: The Animated Series
Ticket Distribution (Sails Pavilion): 10:00 a.m.
Autograph Signing (Warner Bros. Booth, #4545): 12:30 p.m.

ThunderCats
Ticket Distribution (Sails Pavilion #9): 11:00 a.m.
Autograph Signing (Warner Bros. Booth, #4545): 12:45 p.m.

Childrens Hospital
Ticket Distribution (Sails Pavilion #9): 12:00 p.m.
Autograph Signing (Warner Bros. Booth, #4545): 2:45 p.m.

True Blood (HBO)
Ticket Distribution (Sails Pavilion #9): 1:00 p.m.
Autograph Signing (Warner Bros. Booth, #4545): 3:30 p.m.

MAD
Ticket Distribution (Sails Pavilion #9): 3:30 p.m.
Autograph Signing (Warner Bros. Booth, #4545): 5:15 p.m.

Saturday, July 23

Chuck
Ticket Distribution (Sails Pavilion #9): 9:00 a.m.
Autograph Signing (Warner Bros. Booth, #4545): 12:15 p.m.

Batman: Year One
Ticket Distribution (Sails Pavilion #9): 10:00 a.m.
Autograph Signing (Warner Bros. Booth, #4545): 11:00 a.m.

The Vampire Diaries
Ticket Distribution (Sails Pavilion #9): 11:00 a.m.
Autograph Signing (Warner Bros. Booth, #4545): 1:00 p.m.

Alcatraz
Ticket Distribution (Sails Pavilion #9): 12:00 p.m.
Autograph Signing (Warner Bros. Booth, #4545): 2:30 p.m.

Person of Interest
Ticket Distribution (Sails Pavilion #9): 1:00 p.m.
Autograph Signing (Warner Bros. Booth, #4545): 3:15 p.m.

Nikita
Ticket Distribution (Sails Pavilion #9): 2:00 p.m.
Autograph Signing (Warner Bros. Booth, #4545): 3:30 p.m.

Fringe
Ticket Distribution (Sails Pavilion #9): 3:00 p.m.
Autograph Signing (Warner Bros. Booth, #4545): 5:15 p.m.

The Secret Circle
Ticket Distribution (Sails Pavilion #9): 3:45 p.m.
Autograph Signing (Warner Bros. Booth, #4545): 4:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 24

Signing times to be announced.

For additional information about Warner Bros. Television activities at Comic-Con, follow us on Twitter @TheWBdotcom (hashtag #WBSDCC) and visit www.thewb.com/comiccon.

Contacts:
Tammy Golihew
(818) 954-4855, tammy.golihew@warnerbros.com
Twitter: @TeeVeeGal
Tom McAlister
(818) 954-7222, tom.mcalister@warnerbros.com
Twitter: @Tom_McAlister

HBO’s True Blood and Game of Thrones SDCC Panels

HBO is excited to announce that True Blood will make its fourth consecutive appearance at Comic-Con in San Diego this July. Additionally, Game Of Thrones will make its debut this year at Comic-Con, just days before production on season two begins in Northern Ireland. The Game Of Thrones panel is slated for Thursday, July 21, and the True Blood panel is scheduled for Friday, July 22. Confirmed panelists to date are listed below. Additional panelists will be announced as they are confirmed.

Game Of Thrones – Thursday, July 21

  • Special Guest Moderator – George R.R. Martin
  • David Benioff
  • D.B. Weiss
  • Emilia Clarke
  • Peter Dinklage
  • Kit Harington
  • Jason Momoa
  • Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

True Blood – Friday, July 22

  • Moderator – Entertainment Weekly’s Tim Stack
  • Alan Ball
  • Anna Paquin
  • Stephen Moyer
  • Sam Trammell
  • Ryan Kwanten
  • Rutina Wesley
  • Kevin Alejandro
  • Kristin Bauer van Straten
  • Nelsan Ellis
  • Joe Manganiello
  • Deborah Ann Woll